Construction company fined £175,000 after 24-year-old worker fatally crushed by heavy machinery in tragic incident.

Construction company fined £175,000 after 24-year-old worker fatally crushed by heavy machinery in tragic incident.

The tragic death of 24-year-old Liam McArdle from Gravesend has resulted in a £175,000 fine for construction company Erith Plant Services Limited after he was fatally crushed by a piece of heavy machinery.

The incident occurred on September 21, 2021, at the company’s workshop in Ebbsfleet’s Eastern Quarry, where Liam was helping his colleagues with loading and unloading work. A lifting attachment detached from an excavator and rolled off the back of a trailer, causing fatal injuries to Liam.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and police, Liam was pronounced dead at the scene. An inquest into his death in 2022 ruled it as accidental, with a medical cause of death being “multiple injuries.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation and found that Erith Plant Services Limited had failed to ensure a safe method of work for loading and unloading heavy machinery and attachments. They also did not have proper segregation between vehicles and pedestrians or adequate supervision of work activities.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £175,000 with an additional £37,804 in costs.

Liam’s father, Declan McArdle, spoke of the unbearable pain of losing his son and the impact it has had on him. Liam’s girlfriend, Kylie Barden, also paid tribute to her “kind-hearted” partner, saying he always had time for anyone and would surprise her on bad days.

HSE inspector Joanne Williams emphasized the importance of proper training and maintaining safe work practices to prevent such tragedies from occurring. The incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers in construction and the need for vigilance and caution in the workplace.

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